Thousands of miles of dirt roads, trails and tracks criss-cross open valleys, desert canyons, beckoning OHV-ers to come ride Nevada, and there’s no better place to flex the freedom muscle than at Moon Rocks Nevada. Found between north of Reno and Pyramid Lake, this extensive trails system is under the watchful eye of the Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM), making this otherworldly landscape available to free riding, rock crawling, UTVing and beyond.
Brimming with a vast trails system to keep riders of all levels engaged, the Hungry Valley Recreation Area—nicknamed Moon Rocks by area locals, thanks to massive rolling granite formations—integrates large open areas for beginners, to steep, rocky climbs for advanced riders and everything in between. From dirt bikes, to UTVs and quads, high clearance trucks and beyond, just about any type of off-road vehicle is equipped to embark on these public lands, ATV trails in Reno—just be sure to pack a spare, ride smart, and let ‘er rip.
Fees, Permits and Other Info to Know Before You Go
A Nevada OHV sticker is required to ride at Moon Rocks. Nevada registration is not required if the vehicle is already registered in another state, and will not be located in Nevada for more than 15 days maximum. A spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles. Motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs, side by sides, SUVs, Jeeps, dune buggy and sand rails, are all permitted within the area, with no restrictions on 2 stroke engines or whip flags required. While it may seem like you can ride just about everywhere you see, it isn’t always legal. Please remember to stay on designated trails posted as open.
When riding Nevada backroads, visitors are required to bury human waste, pack out all garbage, and practice Leave No Trace methods whenever possible. No water, services or shade is provided at Moon Rocks, so be sure to carry plenty of snacks and water, let someone know where you’re headed and when you plan to return.
Moon Rocks is situated about 45 minutes north of the Reno-Sparks area. To get there, follow Pyramid Highway or State Highway 445 north through Spanish Springs towards Pyramid Lake. Turn left on Winnemucca Ranch Road and continue driving toward Hungry Valley, Nevada for about 7 miles, then make a left to enter the recreation area when you see a clearly marked BLM Moon Rocks sign. Follow the entrance road for about a half mile to staging areas—keep an eye out for a large, flat dirt parking area and a kiosk with more details about riding in the area. For more information on planning your trip to Moon Rocks Nevada, be sure to get in touch with the Nevada BLM directly at (775) 861-6500.
Moon Rocks and the Hungry Valley Recreation Area is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The only thing preventing you from accessing the area would be due to seasonal, weather-related closures. For more info on Moon Rocks, and to check conditions before heading out, get in touch with the Nevada BLM at (775) 861-6500.
Moon Rocks Nevada is protected by the Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM), making free public access and camping available to all.